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When only five play­ers re­main from the pre­vi­ous sea­son, that can only be de­scribed as an ex­o­dus but in new boss Karl Jones, Lind­is­farne at least have the right man to turn that into a pos­i­tive. NZ Sec­ondary Schools coach in 2009-2010 and for­mer Hur­ri­canes Un­der 18 ga er, renowned ta­lent scout Jones knows how to get a bunch of rel­a­tive strangers up to speed quickly. He knows it’s go­ing to be one of the big­gest chal­lenges, es­pe­cially with a draw that pits them against Wes­ley, Feild­ing and St. Paul’s all away. The Lind­is­farne game is tra­di­tion­ally for­ward ori­en­tated and is ex­em­pli­fied by in­dus­tri­ous Hur­ri­canes Un­der 17 pro­gram mem­ber and No 8 Chris Hicks – in ca­hoots with lock/flanker Wil­liam Gun­son. Both are as­sid­u­ous ball win­ners. Fur­ther out and Lo­qo­rio Waqanidrola is one to mark down for the fu­ture. The ath­let­i­cally gifted lock from 2015 is now an op­tion in the cen­tres un­der Jones. Monty Greig on the wing takes on any­body in front of him and in half­back Josh Dreaden, there’s a like­li­hood of smooth ball com­ing from a tight five that is ha­bit­u­ally sound. They’ve lost 18 se­nior play­ers so why the op­ti­mism? While Wes­ley, St. Paul’s and Feild­ing beat each other up and chase the home playo s, Lind­is­farne could well be sneak­ing around the blind­side.

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